Metro's first five new "mini-hybrid" buses will go into service this week.
Despite its name, the new buses aren't so "mini" nor are they traditional hybrid buses. the 40-foot hybrids have an advanced thermal cooling system technology which will improve fuel economy up to 10%, reduce green house gas emissions and increase safety through the elimination of hydraulic fluid leaks.
Through the debut of the mini-hybrid, a cost savings of about $240,000 per bus compared to a traditional hybrid can be expected due to an advanced "electric" fan cooling system.
Metro has ordered more 40 more mini-hybrid buses, which will go into service in the next several months.